The Board of Control for Cricket in India has made it apparent that there is no comradery with the present regime in the International Cricket Association.
The bosses of the world cricket governing body – Chairman Shashank Manohar and Chief Executive Manu Sawhney – have reportedly been not invited for the historic event as the day-night Test cricket makes its debut at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today (Friday).
Shashank Manohar and Manu Sawhney, according to Mumbai Mirror, in spite of being in India have not been invited for the historical Test match, which will be attended by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina among other luminaries from different walks of life.
Sawhney was reportedly in Mumbai for the quarterly meeting with ICC’s broadcast partners Star Sports.
There is no protocol to make it mandatory for the national cricket boards to invite the ICC executive for bilateral cricket matches. However, Manohar has been a two-time BCCI president. The BCCI decision to keep the ICC out of a major event only fans the speculation that all is not well between the Indian and international cricket bodies.
As reported by InsdieSport.co earlier, the BCCI in association with the other two constituents of the ‘Big 3’ – Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), will ensure that Manohar did not get another term in the ICC.
The differences between the new BCCI president and Manohar ever since Ganguly’s playing days when the latter helmed the Indian cricket board are not hidden from anyone. The present BCCI regime is also working to ensure that veteran cricket administrator N Srinivasan gets an opportunity to represent the board and force Manohar out of the ICC as the world body will be electing its new executive next year.
Manohar has of late been accused of ignoring and damaging BCCI’s interests for ambition to get another term as the ICC Chairman.
Sawhney too has come under the BCCI radar for being the brain behind ICC’s new Future Tour Programme, which recommends extra multi-national ICC tournaments. The move if approved will increase the ICC revenue at the expense of the national cricket boards. The BCCI obviously be the biggest sufferer.